Breathe Easier with a Cash Budget
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Breathe Easier with a Cash Budget

Cash is like oxygen to a business owner. It’s necessary. The struggle comes when business owners get confused and frustrated trying to manage the cash flow of their business. It shouldn’t be so hard to predict cash collections and then match expenses against that. But when growth happens, receivables go up and cash goes down because revenue lags…

Is Your Leverage Creeping Up on You?
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Is Your Leverage Creeping Up on You?

We’ve been talking about how running a business is like baking or cooking.  You need all the right ingredients, in the right proportions, cooked at the right temperature, for the right amount of time.  Every business owner wants a business that’s perfectly “cooked”, with lots of cash flow and profits and collecting receivables well. If you…

How to Stop Leaking Cash
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How to Stop Leaking Cash

We’ve been discussing how running your business is like following a recipe. You need the right ingredients in the right amounts in order for the dish to come out correctly. We’ve talked about profitability, which is a measure of profit relative to revenue. And we’ve also talked about activity, collecting your accounts receivable and turning inventory. The third ingredient…

How Good Are You at Collecting Money?
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How Good Are You at Collecting Money?

We’ve been talking about how running a business is like baking or cooking. You need all the right ingredients, in the right proportions, cooked at the right temperature, for the right amount of time.    Every business owner wants a business that’s “cooked” just right, with lots of cash flow and profits. You can read about the…

Profitability: Do You Know How to Get it?
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Profitability: Do You Know How to Get it?

Have you ever cooked something that just didn’t turn out right? Either you missed an ingredient or put in the wrong proportions. You cooked it too long or not long enough. I recall recently that I was trying to grill some really thick steaks. Two were supposed to be medium rare and two were supposed to be…

I Want to Grow My Business, But Where Did My Time Go?
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I Want to Grow My Business, But Where Did My Time Go?

Every business owner has a big vision for their company and wants to make it happen. The problem is, most owners aren’t sure how to move forward and grow revenue, leaving them confused and frustrated. That was certainly the case with a professional services firm I’ve been working with for about a year now.  In our…

3 Liquidity Traps to Avoid
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3 Liquidity Traps to Avoid

You might be in a growth phase of your business. Growth always requires cash and cash is generally at a premium. Further, there are some liquidity traps to be avoided as you grow. Here’s 3 to watch out for:  1) Excess build-up of accounts receivable  It’s normal for your receivables to increase when you grow. However, if…

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